Magic in Ancient Egypt
2nd Revised edition
By (author) Geraldine Pinch
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Magic in Ancient Egypt by Geraldine Pinch
Book Description"Magic in Ancient Egypt" makes a welcome reappearance in this revised and updated edition. The Egyptians were famous in the ancient world for their knowledge of magic. Religion, medicine, technology and what we would call magic co-existed without apparent conflict, and it was not unusual for magical and 'practical' remedies for illness, for example, to be used side by side. Magic was resorted to by everyone, from the pharaoh guarding his country with elaborate magical rituals to the expectant mother wearing amulets to safeguard her unborn child. The book examines the fascinating connections between myth and magic, and the deities such as Bes and Isis who had special magical importance. It discusses the techniques of magic, its practitioners and the surviving magical texts, as well as the objects which were used in magic: figurines, statues, amulets and wands. A chapter is devoted to medicine and magic, and one to magic and the dead. Finally, it shows how elements and influences from Egyptian magic survived in or were taken up by later societies, right up to the 21st century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714119366
(241mm x 171mm x 13mm)
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geraldine Pinch
Egyptian Myth: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback (April 2004)
Adopting a different approach to ancient Egypt, this book aims to illuminate the complex world of Egyptian myth. It explores the cultural and historical background behind a variety of sources and objects, from Cleopatra's Needle and Tutankhamun's golden statue, to a story on papyrus of the gods misbehaving.
Egyptian Mythology, Paperback (February 2004)» View all books by Geraldine Pinch
Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture (ca. 3200 BC to AD 400), the Handbook of Egyptian Mythology is the only complete survey of Egyptian mythology of its kind available in English.
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Author Biography - Geraldine Pinch
Dr Geraldine Pinch lectures in Egyptology at Oxford University. She is the author of numerous books on ancient Egypt.
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